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About Banbury

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Banbury is a historic market town on the River Cherwell in Oxfordshire, England. The town is situated 64 miles (103 km) northwest of London, 37 miles (60 km) southeast of Birmingham, 25 miles (40 km) south-by-southeast of Coventry and 22 miles (35 km) north-by-northwest of the county town of Oxford. It had a population of 46,853 at the 2011 census and is lucky enough to be within the area covered by DarkStar Discos, the Banbury marquee hire experts.

The name Banbury derives from "Banna", a Saxon chieftain said to have built a stockade there in the 6th century (or Ban(n)a possibly a byname meaning 'felon', 'murderer'), and "burgh" meaning settlement. The Saxon spelling was Banesbyrig. The name appears as "Banesberie" in Domesday Book. Another known spelling was 'Banesebury' in Medieval times.


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Banbury Travel Links

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Canal -
The Oxford Canal is a popular place for pleasure trips and tourism. The canal's main boat yard is now the listed site Tooley's Boatyard.

Rail -
Banbury station is served by Chiltern Railways services to Warwick and Birmingham, both running to London Marylebone via the non-electrified Chiltern Main Line. It also has services run by Great Western Railway to Oxford, Reading and London Paddington. Services to other parts of the country are provided by CrossCountry south to Reading, Southampton and Basingstoke, and north to Manchester Piccadilly and Newcastle.

Bus -
Banbury has Stagecoach in Oxfordshire bus services both within the town and linking it with Brackley, Chipping Norton, Oxford and places further afield including Daventry, Leamington Spa and Stratford-upon-Avon. National Express coaches serve Banbury with regular services to and from major UK towns and cities.

Road -
Hennef Way (A422) was upgraded to a dual carriageway easing traffic on the heavily congested road and providing north Banbury and the town centre with higher-capacity links to the M40. As of 2013 Banbury had no traffic wardens or civil enforcement officers



Taxi Firms in Banbury

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With so much to do within Banbury and the neighbouring towns, as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside, it's worth renting a car or jumping in a taxi to see the local sights.

Banbury is well served when it comes to getting a taxi as there are local firms such as Castle Cars, 007 Cars and Cherwell Cars.



Hotels and Guest Houses in Banbury

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Mercure Banbury -
Mercure Banbury Whately Hall Hotel is a characterful 17th century 3-star hotel with beautifully manicured gardens to the rear and original features throughout. Discover the gorgeous oak-panelled Swift restaurant or relax in Horton's Bar for a drink or two, before retreating to one of the spacious en-suite bedrooms. This stunning Banbury hotel is ideal for business and leisure, with meeting and conference rooms capable of accommodating up to 120 guests. Overlooking the gardens, Whately Hall's Swift restaurant provides the perfect setting for diners, serving up a selection of international dishes. After dinner, relax in front of the open fireplace at Horton bar with a sumptuous glass of red. Explore the Cotswolds, Oxford, and Stratford-upon-Avon and benefit from the hotel's central Banbury location. Situated on the famous Banbury Cross, the hotel is just 300m from the main station, five minutes to Broughton Castle and 15 minutes to Upton. Mercure Whately Hall Hotel is a great base for visiting surrounding Oxfordshire, Blenheim Palace and the historic city of Oxford plus Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, are only 25 minutes away.

Cromwell Lodge Hotel Banbury -
Named in association with the local history of civil warfare, The Cromwell is a majestic piece of architecture. Located in Banbury, Oxfordshire, the hotel dates from the 17th century. With 25 en-suite bedrooms, the Cromwell Lodge offers a great place to relax after a long day's work or having visited the numerous attractions in the area. The restaurant and bar area offer a wide selection of tasty food from the seasonal menu, accompanied by the selection of ales and wines, makes the Cromwell the perfect venue to relax and enjoy the characterful property. Cromwell Lodge can host your traditional English wedding reception for up to 110 people, with packages to suit your needs and dedicated team, we can make your special day memorable. The hotel also offers 2 meeting rooms, offering free wi-fi, ideal for a business meeting or a special event. This hotel has dog friendly bedrooms and bar area. Last check in is 11pm.

Best Western Banbury House Hotel –
The Best Western Banbury House Hotel
is a Georgian gem with a contemporary, modern twist. Located a short distance from the M40 J11, on the edge of the Cotswolds, with a short walk to Banbury Town where the famous Banbury Cross is situated. Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bicester Village Designer Outlet, Blenheim Palace, Silverstone and many other attractions are all within a 30-minute drive. The helpful, friendly and experienced staff offer a warm welcome and will ensure you are well looked after during your stay whether it be for business or leisure. The restaurant is closed on Sunday evenings, however full dinner can be served in the Bar or Lounge. The hotel boasts bars, free Wi-Fi, golf nearby, restaurants, twenty-four hour service, free internet available. There is free parking available onsite.



Places to Get Married in Banbury

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Dovecote Barn Adderbury, near Banbury -
Welcome to Bo Peep Farm, home of Dovecote Barn, a stunning wedding venue in an exclusive rural Oxfordshire location with vistas of rolling hills, fields and rivers. Dovecote Barn is a Grade II listed building, full of character and charm with exposed brickwork and oak beams. Formerly known as Park Corner Barn, it dates back from the 18th Century and was part of the Adderbury House estate, built by the Duke of Argyll. After being tastefully restored, Dovecote Barn is now licensed for civil ceremonies, partnerships ceremonies and the renewal of wedding vows and aims to provide the perfect setting for your wedding. Dovecote Events is a family-run business offering a personalised and friendly service, working closely with you to make your day one to remember for all the right reasons. Dovecote Events is now the proud owner of a stunning two-hat tipi, situated in its own exclusive setting at Bo Peep Farm. Surrounded by acres of green fields with space for parking and for guests to camp on the night of the wedding you really will be able to create your own festival-style wedding. The tipi can accommodate up to 120 people for dining and up to 150 guests for the evening reception.

The Great Barn Aynho, near Banbury -
Take away the strains of the day and let The Great Barn’s wedding organiser co-ordinate the event including being your Master of Ceremonies. They offer bespoke services to help your event go off without a hitch! With weddings and parties available throughout the year, you can enjoy every season at The Great Barn. A privately owned idyllic 18th century venue set in 250 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds – the perfect location to have your wedding, reception or private function. The capacity of The Great Barn is 140 for a sit-down wedding breakfast and up to 250 for informal receptions.            The venue comprises two beautifully restored 18th century stone barns which were built in 1770 as part of The Cartwright Estate in Aynho. The Aynho Room and The Croughton Rooms are both licensed for Civil Ceremonies. Featuring beautiful arrow slit windows, natural 2-foot thick stone walls, exposed beams and log fires. Inside is as beautiful as outside - wood and slate floors, solid oak furniture with leather sofas with candles in the alcoves and fairy lights on the beams.

Primrose Hill Farm Arlescote, near Banbury -
Primrose Hill Farm seamlessly combines the delights of its magical rural Oxfordshire Cotswolds setting with a unique contemporary barn conversion and Grade II listed farmhouse to provide a truly individual wedding location. A sophisticated, spacious and scenic destination such as this requires time to explore and savour everything it has to offer. The farm is therefore exclusively yours for the entire weekend of your wedding or event. Great moments and places should never be hurried. A range of former hay barns, the Farm Barns have been imaginatively converted to provide a versatile and unique contemporary space for hosting intimate and larger parties. Sitting in the midst of the farm, the barns are complimented by exceptional open spaces with lawns, orchards, farm courtyard and trout pond, ready to be enjoyed by you and your guests. The Farm Barn’s simple vaulted interiors of lime washed timber paired with expansive glass walls and roaring log fire offer the ideal blank canvas for couples looking to truly make the space their own or alternatively provide a stylish minimalist setting requiring little dressing. Natural light floods the barns from its floor to ceiling windows, which offer panoramic views of grazing pastures and expansive countryside beyond. The perfect backdrop to an unforgettable celebration.



Event Planning in Banbury

Complete your event in Banbury with DarkStar Discos. We are the Banbury marquee hire experts who offer the following services which can greatly reduce your event planning stress. Bars - you don't need to spend too much time looking for the perfect drinks for your event, we have a team that can take care of that for you. Lights - no need to stress out in finding and setting up the lights for your event. DJ and Staffing - let our DJ take care of the music for your event. Our staff will also be the one taking care of the needs of your guests. You might also want to consider asking us to arrange the following services for your event: Professional Photographer, Event Transportation and Event Catering. For all your event management needs, contact DarkStar Discos, the Banbury marquee hire experts.



Top Restaurants in Banbury

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Purple Mango Restaurant Banbury -
The Purple Mango is a renowned restaurant that enjoys a very good reputation by serving many popular as well as unique dishes. They took special care while deciding the menu to make sure that everyone, irrespective of age, could sit and enjoy tasty, unique dishes and find their favourite dishes here in the Purple Mango. The Purple Mango is an ideal Indian takeaway and fast food restaurant that you will certainly admire. Visit the Purple Mango and treat your family and friends with their Exclusive Purple Mango dishes. You can also try the Tandoori chefs recommendations like Lamb or Chicken Tikka Jahl, and much more. Bring your family and special ones to taste the exotic delicacies of the Purple Mango; the menu made for all your family, friends and children. They also serve special Balti dishes like Balti Wild Mushroom, Balti Korma and Balti Vegetables. Treat yourself with a variety of Biriyani dishes made especially for you. They also have a wide variety of vegetable dishes that are both delicious and exotic. You can order from their range of starters while you decide the main course for your family and special ones. If you want something healthier, then choose from their range of Garlic Healthy Choice. You can also choose from their menu of sundries, rice, and naan. If you are finding it hard to order from their large number of dishes then they have their set menus for you. Drop into the Purple Mango and you can also have English dishes for breakfast or lunch too.

Pinto Lounge Banbury -
Pinto Lounge sits on the corner of the High Street, right in the heart of Banbury. they’ve lovely big full width windows that open right up at the front, and doors opening onto a great little courtyard space at the back, so they’ve plenty of space to suit whatever the weather. They’ve a fantastic range of food and drinks (including kids, gluten free and vegan menus) served in a really relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. The place had previously been a butcher’s (hence the beautiful tiles at the back) and a photography studio, which is apt as you may want to say “Cheese” with your meaty burger. Not really sure that works, but you get the idea. Lounges was founded in 2002 by a trio of long-standing friends, Dave Reid, Alex Reilley and Jake Bishop. Having spent years in the restaurant and bar trade – not to mention just as many propping up the bars in Bristol (all of course in the name of research) – they decided it was time they did their own thing. The motivation was simple and very selfish; they wanted somewhere to drink themselves. The result is the Loungers chain of lounge bars of which the Pinto Lounge is one.

Pizza Calzone Banbury -
Pizza Calzone Italian restaurant was established in the market town of Banbury and is convenient for the nearby counties of Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire. Pizza Calzone is an informal Italian restaurant which is perfect for an evening out, from a relaxed evening meal to a more intimate special occasion. Pizza Calzone has an unrivalled reputation for providing the finest authentic Italian cuisine. They also pride themselves on their modern interpretation of Italian food incorporating some unusual ingredients and the use of the freshest foods, sourced locally where possible. The menu at Pizza Calzone is extensive, including Italian meats, fish dishes, pasta, risotto, pizza and a selection of vegetarian choices. Pizza Calzone’s wine list includes wines from traditional wine regions and also some wines from more unexpected areas of the world. Their aim is for every customer leaving Pizza Calzone to feel that little bit happier and more relaxed than when they came in. The restaurant is run the Italian way - passionate and homely with a little flair. Something you can always be assured of is a warm welcome, after all, it's the people that make the restaurant, the staff and the customers. Whether you are looking for a light refreshing bite, a cozy meal for two or a fresh and healthy treat for the family then Pizza Calzone is the ideal place to be, they also have a choice of weekly specials, giving an ever-changing choice to our many loyal customers.



Top Things to do in Banbury

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Broughton Castle Banbury -
Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified manor house near Banbury in North Oxfordshire. Set in parkland and built of the rich local Hornton ironstone, it was selected by Simon Jenkins as one of only twenty to be awarded five stars in his book England’s Thousand Best Houses. The core of the house was built in 1306 and the gatehouse in the early fifteenth century, but most of what you see today dates from the 1550’s. It was a centre of opposition to Charles I and was besieged and damaged after the Battle of Edgehill in 1642. Broughton Castle is home to the 21st Lord and Lady Saye & Sele, whose family name is Fiennes. The ownership of the Castle has remained in the same family since 1447. The house, garden and tearoom are open on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 1st April until 30th September from 2-5pm with last admission at 4.30pm. There is no entry fee if you are just visiting the tearoom on an open day. Groups of any size can visit on any day of the year by appointment.

Fairytale Farm Southcombe, near Banbury -
Fairytale Farm is divided into six main zones: Huff and Puff for adventure play; Enchanted Walk for the fairytale sensory experience; Alfie and Friends, where you can meet their amazing animals; Jack's Yard, where you can visit Mouse Town, see their Snow White Garden (from Spring 2019), play in the sandpit and enjoy the Café and indoor play area; their brand new Wilderness Walk area (fully open from Spring 2019), where you can meander through a range of wildlife habitats and experience their mini world of seasonal senses along the way; and the gradually developing Fairy Dell area, with more features being added all the time. There are loads of new attractions at Fairytale Farm for 2019. See their magical new Snow White Garden, with its life-size characters, Snow White’s Castle and the dwarfs’ cottage (opening Spring 2019). Try out their new-look musical dancing water fountains. And visit their expanding new area, called Wilderness Walk, which includes a range of plants and wildlife habitats, including giant vegetable patch, bird, bat and hedgehog boxes, log-piles, mini-beast hotel and worm-world, seed and nectar bar, bird feeding station and hibernation boxes. There is also a touch box and a giant vegetable patch, where you can grab a spade and get digging. You can also meet their three beautiful Shetland ponies, Hamish, Rupert and Dainty, in a new viewing area.

Hook Norton Brewery, near Banbury -
Sitting in its beautiful, mellow Cotswold Hills landscape, Hook Norton is a proudly independent and passionate family business that takes the very best of its handcrafted brewing heritage and combines it with a thoroughly modern approach, to create a range of real ales for today’s drinkers to enjoy. Hook Norton is one of only 32 family owned breweries and is the finest example of a Victorian Tower Brewery in the country. Of course, the brewery is about so much more than just its fantastic range of award-winning beers. At the brewery there is a shop, Malthouse Kitchen Cafe, free museum and meeting rooms. They also have 36 pubs that are at the heart of many of local communities, serving great drink and food to the region. Many of you will know Hook Norton, having tasted one of their beers, visited one of the Hook Norton pubs or indeed having come for a brewery tour, but few will know the full story. Their history and heritage are a large part of the picture, but so too are all the things that they are already achieving today and, of course, their plans for the future.


Banbury Today

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There was a plan in the late 2000s to expand the Bretch Hill estate westwards into local farmland, but this has now been suspended due to the credit crunch and local hostility to the plan, including the southern expansion towards Bodicote. The Hanwell Fields Estate was built in the north between 2001 and 2009. It was intended to provide affordable social housing to the west and south of Banbury, and more upmarket housing in the Hanwell fields area.

Banbury is a significant commercial and retail centre for the surrounding area of north Oxfordshire and southern parts of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire which are predominantly rural. Banbury's main industries are car components, electrical goods, plastics, food processing, and printing. Banbury is home to the world's largest coffee-processing facility (Jacobs Douwe Egberts), built in 1964. The town is famed for Banbury cakes – similar to Eccles cakes but oval in shape.

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